CHADRON, Neb. — Chadron State did a great job of addressing its needs, Eagle coach Jay Long said Wednesday.
Chadron has received 24 signed letters of intent.
Long, who guided the Eagles to an 8-3 record and a second-place finish in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, is pleased with the incoming class.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work that our coaches, team, and Chadron State College staff committed to help sign this year’s recruiting class,” Long said. “When a recruit is choosing a school, he is looking for a place that is the right fit for him. The Chadron State football family did a great job showcasing our school, program and community.
“Every year our goal is to sign top players at each position that will go to work every day and compete to make themselves and our team better. I feel that we did a great job addressing our team needs, and I can’t wait to see this class develop into Eagles.”
Long also said he expects more than a dozen student-athletes to join the Eagles as walk-ons. Those walk-ons have signed letters and have verbally committed to play football this fall.
“In addition to the guys who signed an NLI we several student-athletes sign a Chadron State College Letter of Intent to commit to our team as a walk-on in the fall,” Long added. “Our program has been founded on giving opportunities and I look forward to these student athletes taking this opportunity to make us a better team in the future.”
The 24 commits, who hail from 10 states, are spread almost evenly on offense and defense. Thirteen are defensive players and 11 are on offense.
Five players from Nebraska have signed. They include local products TD Stein and Tyler Regier, Hay Springs linebacker Steven Horrocks, Sidney offensive lineman Tucker Wintholz and Norfolk defensive lineman Kyle Temple. Stein, the son of Chadron State offensive coordinator Chris Stein, is a quarterback, while Regier is an offensive lineman.
The list of recruits:
Kirk Durtsche, S, 5-10, 170, Kelly Walsh, Casper, Wyo.
Brandon Finona-Gardner, DB, 5-11, 178, Monterey, Calif.
Adam Fuselier, OL, 6-3, 260, Crespi, Encino, Calif.
Jake Geil, OL, 6-3, 245, Kelly Walsh, Casper, Wyo.
Brad Gillis, LB, 6-0, 205, Natrona County, Casper, Wyo.
Eric Goll, DT, 6-2, 310, Haines City, Fla.
Max Gray, WR, 6-0, 180, Arlington, Wash.
Jacob Henderson, WR, 6-2, 195, St. Thomas More, Rapid City, S.D.
Jevan Hogan, DB, 5-10, 185, Turlock, Calif.
Steven Horrocks, LB, 6-1, 240, Hay Springs, Neb.
Zecharie James, CB, 5-10, 175, Kecoughtan, Hampton, Va.
Tamarus LeCorn, DB, 6-0, 180, Belleview, Fla.
Matt Reader, WR, 6-5, 200, Appleton West, Wis.
Tyler Reiger, OL, 6-6, 260, Chadron, Neb.
Travis Romsa, OL, 6-4, 250, Burns, Wyo.
Austin Roper, OL, 6-3, 235, Cherry Creek, Greenwood Village, Colo.
Leo Salcido, DT, 6-1, 255, Greeley West, Colo.
Sam Smartt, DL, 6-2, 260, Caldwell, Idaho
TD Stein, QB, 6-0, 185, Chadron
Chandlier Sudbeck, RB, 5-10, 185, Kadoka, S.D.
Kyle Temple, DT, 6-1, 220, Norfolk, Neb.
Tucker Wintholz, OL, 6-6, 290, Sidney, Neb.